The Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress and reviewed by the United States Supreme Court and is now the law. As a result, many more millions of people in America will be covered by health insurance and have access to improved health care.

For people with chronic illnesses, such as lupus, this legislation is especially helpful, as now no one can now be denied health insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition like lupus, treatment for a chronic condition must be covered and life time caps on coverage are now gone.

Dates you should know about:

October 1, 2013: Open enrollment to purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Exchanges, also known as the Health Insurance Marketplaces will begin
January 1, 2014: Coverage purchased through an Exchange / Marketplace begins for those enrolled through the exchange.
March 31, 2014: Open enrollment will end.

Click here for a helpful diagram from the Kaiser Foundation on how to figure out the requirements of the Affordable Care Act

Some important links that can help you understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act